Michael BARR
   Department   Kyoto Junior College of Foreign Languages  , Department of English Studies for Careers
   Position   associate professor/lecturer
Date 2018/10/27
Presentation Theme Smart phones and Internet in the classroom: The new normal
Conference ATEM 2018
Promoters ATEM - - The Association for Teaching English through Multimedia
Conference Type International
Presentation Type Speech (General)
Contribution Type Individual
Venue Kyoto University of Foreign Studies.
Presenter and co-presenter Michael D. Barr
Details The saturation of smartphones is now well over 95% in our classrooms, with many professors reporting that 100% of their students have and use this technology. In terms of teaching methodology, connectivity and availability of the Internet in the university classroom can present both challenges and benefits, with a wide variety of educators having a wide variety of opinions about how to manage its use. In order to enrich and supplement the content of the educational experience, we need to use and manage this resource in ways that contribute rather than detract from the classroom experience. This presentation described and explained research conducted with over one hundred students and professors. For the language student, being able to effectively use the Internet in the target language is vital. Over 85% of instructors surveyed expressed interest in learning and developing more methods to harness the technology that students already possess, representing a huge area where we can create engaging content that benefits the students and their learning.